Bumbu @ Kandahar Street

2017-01-31 14.39.46 (640x640)Was meeting two longtime-no-see friends for lunch and we decided the best place to find a restaurant that will appeal to all our tastebuds was down at Kampong Glam (which is fast becoming a favourite haunt of mine). After walking up and down the most popular streets (Arab, Bussorah, Haji Lane, etc), we settled for the halal-certified #Bumbu restaurant at #KandaharStreet.
2017-01-31 14.37.20 (640x640)Bumbu serves Thai-Indonesian cuisine, housed surprisingly in a very quaint Perankan shophouse. For a moment we thought it was a fancy place but it just simply well-decorated with beautiful furniture, with comfortable ambiences in both its dining areas upstairs and downstairs.
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Bumbu’s menu is decently extensive with a good range of appetisers, meats, seafood, vegetables, noodles and rice, and desserts.

As we were severely hungry by the time we sat down, we decided to go for the signature dishes. For an Indonesian choice, we opted for Tahu Telor which was a very good choice as the tahu (fried tofu) was fresh and crispy and the peanut sauce sweet and delicious.
2017-01-31 13.23.47 (640x640)For Thai, the Tom Yum Seafood Soup was another good choice as it was chock-full of ingredients such as mushrooms and seafood items such as squids, prawns and fish. Not to mention it offered the right amount of tom yum spiciness.
2017-01-31 13.32.01 (640x640)Eyeing other tables, we noticed that the Cereal Soft Shell Crab so we ordered that. And yup, it was as good as it looked on the other tables. 🙂
2017-01-31 13.33.55 (640x640)We thought we probably need a meat item but the Beef Rendang was rather disappointing. It looked good and the gravy was fine but the meat wasn’t very exciting. It wasn’t tough but it wasn’t very tender either. Probably was having a bad day. Should have gone for the Pandan Leaf chicken instead…
2017-01-31 13.33.00 (640x640)Veggie wise you can’t really go wrong with Sambal Kangkong and we have no complaints about this one.
2017-01-31 13.36.08 (640x640)Of course, all of the above were washed down with white rice and accompanied by these really tasty prawn crackers. We didn’t go for desserts by the end as we were too full – too much rice and crackers – and also we ordered Chendol as our drinks.

All in all, the three of us paid about $35 each which is decent for a restaurant. The food is value for money and it’s a place I would come again if I’m with a number of friends.

Bumbu Restaurant is at 44 Kandahar Street, opens from Tue to Sun, 11am-3pm and 6-10pm.

The Mad Sailors @ Haji Lane

2016-06-03 21.05.01 (603x640)THE MAD SAILORS @ HAJI LANE
Finally found a foodie pal to check out Haji Lane with me. The narrow road, located in the heart of Kampong Glam, and the other streets running parallel to it  has been quite happening since more than a dozen hipster shops, cafes and restaurants have been popping up there in the last few years. As popular eateries such as European-influenced I Am… and Mexican restaurant Piedra Negra were packed to the brim, we decided on the rather cosy-looking The Mad Sailors, a British kitchen at No.24.
2016-06-03 20.00.18 (640x480)Given a choice of a table out front or upstairs, we opted for “where the aircon is” on this sweltering hot evening. So upstairs we went and we were glad ‘cos though the area was simply decorated, what was really cool is the way they made used of old HDB doors (pictured above) as part of the decor. Also, the windows face the Singapura Club next door which has fascinating Singapore-skewed murals on its facade. The place is relatively new too as condiments on the table such as the vinegar bottle and mustard tubes were unopened as yet!
2016-06-03 20.09.07 (633x640)As The Mad Sailors modeled itself on a British kitchen, the place has authentic English favourites such as Bangers & Mash, Toad in the Hole and Steak Pie. Going with the recommendations made by the European lady who served us (and whom we reckoned could be the lady boss), we opted for the fish and chips as the main course. There were a couple of choices for the fish (dory, cod, haddock and halibut, $18-22) and we went for  cod. The dish was quaintly served on white paper placed in a deep tin tray with tartar sauce and salad. It was a good choice – fish was fresh and tasty and the chips were among the best we’ve ever tasted.
2016-06-03 20.10.42 (480x640)Another dish recommended to us was these Marmite Honey Wings ($9). Upon seeing us grimaced when she mentioned “Marmite”, the lady boss was quick to ease our fears, explaining that the honey totally “plays down the  marmite taste” and that “most customers who had tried it loved it!” Lucky for her, we were in an adventurous mood so we decided to go for it. And voila, it was yet another good recommendation as the wings were really good with no overpowering marmite taste at all.
2016-06-03 20.11.57 (534x640)We were hoping to have beer to go along with the fish & chips and chicken wings, but then we were gently reminded that The Mad Sailors is a halal cafe since it is in the Kampong Glam area, which is of course logical. Though they try to get us to try their Slushy Pints ($7.50, comprising Ribena and Black Tea blends), we decided to go with these Firefly tonic drinks instead, which were refreshing enough.
2016-06-03 22.03.27 (602x640)DESSERTS @ JI DE CHI
Though there’s desserts at The Mad Sailors (apple pie, chocolate melt, carrot cake and fried snickers), we decided they were a tad too heavy and hence rather walk all the way down to Bugis/Liang Seah Street and have the cool desserts at Ji De Chi (#01-03). The place was packed as always but the waitress on duty outside was quick to get us a table and the queue for orders were relatively short. And the long walk was worth it for this gorgeous, be-still-my-heart Durian Pomelo Sago ($6.50)! Heaven in every spoonful!
2016-06-03 22.01.20 (607x640)My foodie friend however – durian fan she ain’t – decided on this “safe and sound” Gui Ling Gao or Turtle Jelly ($3.30) instead. To each her own, as they say.

It was definitely a good food adventure night. The experience at The Mad Sailors was most enjoyable, even though we do feel for the serving staff (young as they may be,) of having to run up and down the stairs every now and then in order to serve the tables. Well, on the bright side, they will build up strong leg muscles in the long run. For us, maybe we will consider a table downstairs next time. Then again, with our horrendous hot weather here, maybe not… But whatever, it won’t be our last visit to TMS or Haji Lane… 🙂